Jim Lauderdale
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Born in North Carolina, raised at the bluegrass school of the Stanley Brothers, and relocated to Los Angeles, Jim Lauderdale quickly became one of the neo-traditionalists of country music, and wrote hits for other Nashville musicians (Where The Sidewalk Ends, Gonna Get A Life, Halfway Down, You Don't Seem to Miss Me).

His debut album, Point Of No Return (Westside, 2001), recorded in 1989, was only released 12 years later. Planet of Love (Warner, 1991) was not particularly original, but that album and the subsequent ones, Pretty Close to The Truth (Atlantic, 1994) and Every Second Counts (1995) established the career of a prolific country songwriter. Persimmons (Rounder, 1996), with Life By Numbers, and Whisper (BMG, 1998), with She Used To Say That To Me, led to the melodic and upbeat Onward Through It All (BMG, 1999), perhaps his best (We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This).

Lauderdale also recorded two bluegrass collaborations with Ralph Stanley, I Feel Like Singing Today (Rebel, 1999) and Lost In The Lonesome Pines (Dualtone, 2002).

The Other Sessions (Dualtone, 2001), with If I Were You, and First Things First, and The Hummingbirds (Dualtone, 2002), with New Cascade and It's A Trap, continued Lauderdale's progress towards a more personal style.

Patchwork River (2010) and Reason and Rhyme (2011) were collaborations with the Grateful Dead's lyricist Robert Hunter, the former influenced by rock music and the latter devoted to bluegrass music.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Gioele P. Cima)

Nato in North Carolina, cresciuto nella scuola bluegrass dei fratelli Stanley e trasferitosi in seguito a Los Angeles, Jim Lauderdale divenne in breve tempo un neo-tradizionalista del country, scrivendo successi per altri musicisti di Nashville (Where The Sidewalk Ends, Gonna Get A Life, Halfway Down, You Don't Seem to Miss Me).

Il suo album di debutto, Point Of No Return (Westside, 2001), registrato nel 1989, venne rilasciato solo 12 anni dopo. Planet Of Love (Warner, 1991) non brillò per originalità, ma quell’album ed i successivi, Pretty Close to The Truth (Atlantic 1994) e Every Second Counts (1995), consacrarono la carriera di un prolifico autore country. Persimmons (Rounder, 1996), con Life By Numbers e Whisper (BMG, 1998), con She Used To Say That To Me, portarono al melodico ed ottimistico Onward Through It All (BMG, 1999), forse il suo miglior lavoro (We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This).

Lauderdale registrò inoltre due collaborazioni di stampo bluegrass con Ralph Stanley, I Feel Like Singing Today (Rebel, 1999) e Lost In The Lonesome Pines (Dualtone, 2002).

The Other Session (Dualtone, 2001), con If I Were You, e First Things First, e The Hummingbirds (Dualtone, 2002), con New Cascade e It’s A Trap, contribuì a far progredire Lauderdale verso un suo stile tutto personale.

Patchwork River (2010) e Reason And Rhyme (2011) sono due progetti stati frutto di una duplice collaborazione con il paroliere dei Grateful Dead, Robert Hunter, il primo influenzato dal rock e il secondo devoto al bluegrass.

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